Justin Trudeau's plea for communication with Iran angers critics

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament...

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa April 1, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:14 PM ET

OTTAWA — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's questioning of the federal government's lack of "communication" with Iran's Islamist government has become a lightning rod for critics..

Critics have zapped Trudeau for questioning Canada's 2012 decision to shut down the country's embassy in Tehran and expel Iranian diplomats in Ottawa.

"I know certain elements of it were a security decision ... but I'm of the school of international relations that says its important to talk to each other and its especially important to talk to regimes that you disagree with and that disagree with you, and make sure that there is means of communication," Trudeau said March 21 in an interview with Salam Toronto — a Farsi-language newspaper for Canadians of Iranian heritage.

A pro-democracy activist who fled Iran says Trudeau's comments don't sit well with many in her community.


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